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Registration REQUIRED for all programs. Contact the first floor Information Desk at 708.926.7024 for registration or additional information.

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Adult Summer Reading Program

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Stop by the first floor Information Desk to sign up for Summer Reading today!

Read any four adult books of your choice to participate. Books can be fiction or nonfiction and any format—print, large print, audio, or ebook—as long as they are checked out through our library.

Prizes and Raffle Drawings
All participants who read four books will receive a finishing prize and an entry for our Back in Time grand prize which includes all three Back to the Future DVDs, Marty McFly and Doc Brown Funko Pop movie figures, a Cubs championship drinking glass as well as the book Fly the W

Everyone who finishes will also be entered in a second raffle drawing of your choice: Time for Pie OR Pizza Time.

If you choose to read one of the books featured on our  bookmark display (located on the TV season DVDs shelves), you will be entered in our Time to go Outside raffle.

There is a limit of one entry per participant.


Adult Programs


Clay Craft: Plant Box Buddies

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Sculpt cute polymer clay creatures to decorate your potted plants. Teens and adults welcome.

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Save Your Family Stories
Saturday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Oral Historian, Marie Scatena, will share methods for interviewing family members, including formulating questions and creating an environment in which stories can be more easily recalled. The class will also learn recording techniques to preserve stories for future generations.

Stop Anxiety from Stopping You
Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Author and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Helen Odessky, discusses her book, Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, providing a breakthrough program for conquering panic and social anxiety. Copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

Nail Polish Mugs
Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Turn plain white mugs into beautiful marbled vessels for your favorite fall drinks – using nothing but warm water and nail polish! Adults and teens welcome. Limited to 12 participants.

Fashion Style on a Budget
Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Personal stylist, Mary Lashea, provides tips to selecting key pieces to your wardrobe that will take you throughout the four seasons without breaking the budget.

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Preserving the Harvest: Canning Basics
Monday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn the fundamentals of canning in this tasty hands-on demo with veteran gardener Anna Stange. We will prepare and can organic seasonal produce, which will be available for tasting at the conclusion of the program. Vegan and gluten-free.

The Life of Alexander Hamilton
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Historian, Jim Gibbons, will take you on the roller-coaster life of one of America’s most talked about founding fathers. From his skyrocketing popularity and fame to his sudden downfall due to scandal and ultimately, his tragic death, you will not want to miss Gibbons’ riveting presentation of Hamilton’s legacy!

The Incredible Power of Laughter
Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
When was the last time you had a good laugh? After over 20 years of experimentation, laughter is being realized as a health and wellness technique to remind individuals of unrealized potential. In this 60-minute session presented by Lynda Tourloukis, participants will discover a simple new way to reduce stress while simultaneously increasing techniques for well-being that benefit both body and mind.

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History of the Beatles
Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The Beatles has not existed for over 45 years, yet their story, personalities, and music continue to influence our culture and our expectations of popular music. With the use of audio and visual content, Gary Wenstrup provides a presentation of The Beatles’ career from their development in Liverpool through their dissolution.

Begin Again with Life Coach and Hypnosis
Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Through the practice of four powerful pillars and the use of hypnosis, Life Coach Brian Tucker, provides the ground work for creating freedom, optimism and success in your life. 

Halloween Candle Holders
Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Light up your Halloween by making your choice of spider, mummy, or jack o’lantern candle holders! All materials will be provided. Adults and teens welcome. Limited to 12 participants.

Gentle Yoga with Essential Oils
Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Join Hanna Morfogen from Morgan Park Sports Center for a unique Essential Yoga experience. To cultivate gratitude in the month of November, we will have a Gentle Yoga practice infused with doTERRA essential oils chosen specifically to benefit your mind, body, and spirit at this time of year. All skill levels welcome.

Craft – Glittered Ornaments
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Make these extremely simple glitter ornaments to decorate this season. All supplies provided. Limited to 20 participants.

The Kennedys Connection to Chicago
Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.
If John F. Kennedy was alive today, he would be 100 years old. Clarence Goodman tells us the connections the Kennedys have to the Chicago of yesteryear and today.


Tech Training

 

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Create Your Own Website
Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m.
Participants will learn personal website creation using Weebly. This free software features easy-to-use templates and other helpful features. Mouse and keyboard skills required.

Computer Fundamentals
Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

First steps in the use of Microsoft Word and the Internet: opening programs, entering text, saving and printing documents, manipulating windows, and navigating websites.

Android Phones and Tablets II: Google Apps
Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Looking to move beyond the stock mail, photo, calendar and other apps on Android devices? Learn all about the features for the Google apps available to make your life easier.

Beyond Selfies: Making Great Photos with your Smart Phone 
Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Tyler Hewitt, a professor of art and photography at Moraine Valley Community College, leads a discussion/workshop on using your smart phone’s camera to make great photos. Topics covered include basic smart phone operation, simple techniques and tricks with composition to make you photos better, and a look at some good (and inexpensive) camera and photo apps that can turn your snapshots into works of art.

Online Privacy
Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Internet companies and advertisers gather your information as you access the Internet via computer or phone. Discover ways to stay hidden and safe online.

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Selling Online
Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Come to this demonstration of Craigslist, Ebay, Etsy and other reliable sales sites. Learn best practices of buying and selling online.

Google Drive 2 - Sheets and Forms
Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Try out this free alternative to Microsoft Excel.
Bring your Gmail username and password; basic computer skills required.

Wireless Routers
Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.
How does a home router bring Internet into your home? Pick up basics of how it works, and how to set one up.

Online Design with Canva.com
Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Join the 10 million people who use Canva to create graphics for Facebook, websites, presentations, and marketing. Create a holiday greeting in this fun, hands-on class.

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Basics of Ebooks and Audiobooks
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy ebooks and audiobooks on your computer, phone or tablet -- and don't break the bank!  An overview of free sites, deals, and the library's digital book services.

Mobile Memory Lab
Check out our Memory Lab webpage for information about this digitization service as well as upcoming dates for open lab sessions!


Monthly Movies

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On the 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 9:30 a.m., enjoy a movie in the lower-level meeting room of the library. Light refreshments will be provided.

July 25 - Sully

August 22 - Lion

September 26 - The Last Word

October 24 - Going in Style

November 28 - The Hero


Monthly Crochet and Knit Class

Wednesday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Interested in joining a Knit and Crochet Group? Join Blanca Delgado and other like-minded needle enthusiasts for fun activities, sharing of ideas, and a stitching time. All skill levels are welcomed! The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Registration required: 708.926.7024.


The Green Space Project - NEW!

 

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The Alsip Park District, Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library, and School District 126 are proud to present The Green Space Project. Gardeners of all ages will meet to create something wonderful in our new community garden space located behind Prairie Junior High School at 11910 S Kostner Ave.

Our weekly work days will include planting, weeding, and maintaining our garden as well as lessons from local gardeners, crafts, and music.

For more information, join our garden e-mail list or call the Information Desk at 708-926-7024.


Adult & Teen Coloring

Wednesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Who says coloring is just for kids? Come hang out and de-stress with coloring sheets and colored pencils! All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. We will meet on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., in Meeting Room 1.


Traditional Book Discussion Group

The traditional Book Discussion Group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. To register, please contact the Adult Services Department at 708.926.7024.

Books are usually available at the Patron Services Desk the month before the discussion. (Please pick them up more than a week in advance; during the last week before the discussion, the books are returned to their home libraries. Thank you!)

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August 3rd
The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman

September 7th
Rules of Civility
Amor Towles

October 5th
The Good Girl
Mary Kubica

November 2nd
Lucky Boy
Shanthi Sekara

December 7th
The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson

Society of Lifetime of Readers

Another reading club, the Society of Lifetime Readers, is open to all Library District residents aged 18 and above. No time restraints are placed on you; you can read at your own pace. Prizes are awarded for reading 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 books. Sign up at the Information Desk.